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Somali soldiers take position after a bomb that was detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotel. Friday, March, 27, 2015, A Somali police official says a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of a hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says gunfire could be heard inside the Maka-Mukarramah Hotel, but it was not clear if any gunmen had managed to penetrate the hotel's gate( AP P hoto/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital

Al-Shabab militants blasted their way into a Mogadishu hotel on Friday and took up positions inside, killing at least nine people and exchanging fire with security forces seeking to recapture the facility, a Somali police official said. One survivor who made it safely outside the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in the ...

North Dakota loses lowest jobless rate as oil prices slide

North Dakota no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation due in part to sliding oil drilling activity. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Dakota's jobless rate in February was 2.9 percent, up from 2.8 percent in January. The agency says Nebraska now has the lowest ...

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an ...

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is installed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, March 27, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station

American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth. The trip is NASA's first attempt at a one-year spaceflight, anticipating Mars expeditions that would last two to three years. Their Soyuz space capsule ...

This Wednesday, March 25, 2015 photo shows a Smith & Wesson .38 Special in Mountainside, N.J. The gun belonged to IRS investigator Michael Malone, the man who went undercover to infiltrate Al Capone's gang in the 1930s and eventually brought down the feared mobster. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gun owned by agent who toppled Capone headed to Vegas museum

A gun with a colorful history is going to be transported from New Jersey to a mob-themed museum in Las Vegas. The gun belonged to late IRS criminal investigator Michael Malone, who was instrumental in bringing down legendary mobster Al Capone. The Smith & Wesson .38 special is believed to ...

Drew, Young lead Yankees past Phillies, 10-0

Stephen Drew had a two-run single and Chris Young added a run-scoring double in a seven-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees romped past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 in a game called in the top of the sixth because of rain. Michael Pineda gave up five hits in five ...

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)

Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say

There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all ...

People and family members of a victim pay tribute next to a stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. Authorities believe the 27-year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew Tuesday from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. Under a treaty governing deaths and injuries aboard international flights, airlines are required to ...

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Executive Director Blane Ayers, right, and spokesperson Brandon Weghorst take questions from reporters after a news conference Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Chicago. The college fraternity that has been under scrutiny since members of its University of Oklahoma chapter were caught on video engaging in a racist chant says it will require all of its members, nationwide, to go through diversity training. Ayers that he was disgusted by the video that surfaced last week. He apologized for the pain it caused and outlined steps meant to ensure it never happens again. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday. President David Boren said the school interviewed more than 160 people ...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, is going after the $2.5 million in real estate and cars her husband lavished on V. Stiviano in a trial scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

Sterling's friend says she wasn't only gift recipient

The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers provided opposing views of the billionaire on Friday, describing him as a con artist, cheat and bigot who was also a sweet and loving father figure, brother and lover. V. Stiviano denied the two ...

Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh instructs the jury during the murder trial for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Hernandez's fiancee: He told me to give cash to co-defendant

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified that after she dropped him off at a police station to be questioned over the slaying of her sister's boyfriend, he told her to meet one of his co-defendants and give him money. Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity ...

FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem Day or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.   On Friday, March. 27, 2015 Nasrallah ,  in a televised speech,  slammed Saudi Arabia over its military campaign in Yemen saying it is being launched under false pretexts. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Hezbollah leader slams Saudi intervention in Yemen

The leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group unleashed a tirade against Saudi Arabia on Friday over its intervention in Yemen, calling it "surprising and painful," and suggesting Riyadh would suffer a "humiliating defeat" if it didn't resolve the conflict through negotiations. Hassan Nasrallah rejected Riyadh's claim that it had assembled ...

TribLIVE: Teacher accused of selling heroin is superintendent’s daughter

A Norwin High School health and physical education teacher was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, officials said. FREE APPS | NOW | FACEBOOK | TWITTER Stories of the day... Bodies ID'd as missing persons Andre Gray & Paul Kochu 'God is with us' -- Teen's photo of cross in ...

President Barack Obama sitting next to Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and S. James Gates Jr., Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park, talks about antibiotic-resistant bacteria as he meets with members of the his Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs, so that they are no longer effective. The Centers for Disease Control ...

Yellen: A rate increase may be warranted later this year

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year. But Yellen stressed that any rate increases would likely be very gradual. The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record ...

Senate GOP eyes current workers as source of pension savings

Pennsylvania's cold war over public pensions is heating up as Senate Republicans consider resurrecting a plan to pare future benefits for hundreds of thousands of current state and school employees. Majority Leader Jake Corman said this week that savings from the proposal, which ironically appears similar to the one advanced ...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks were mostly unchanged Friday, March 27, 2015, after four straight days of losses. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year. The Dow Jones industrial average remains down slightly ...

Nearly 100 get food poisoning; officials won't say from what

A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated. Philly.com reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1HQbZYs ) that dozens of lawyers and law students became sick after a ...

In this photo made on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product on Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most ...

Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner

Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and made partner before her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney general says Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by ...

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